Mets’ Tylor Megill comes up small in key spot

ATLANTA — In an important recreation of the common season thus far, the Mets requested a latest starter-to-reliever convert to file a couple of vital outs. 

Tylor Megill couldn’t do it. 

Megill was referred to as upon for the seventh inning of a recreation the Mets trailed by two, and the righty proceeded to permit two runs within the Mets’ series-opening, 5-2 loss to the Braves at Truist Park on Friday evening. 

The Braves moved right into a first-place tie with the Mets with 5 video games left (two extra face to face) partly as a result of Megill — in his fifth outing since coming back from a shoulder harm and transitioning to a reliever — continued to wrestle. 

And since Buck Showalter felt he didn’t have a greater choice. 

The supervisor didn’t need to flip to Seth Lugo, he stated, after Lugo pitched two innings Wednesday. He didn’t need to usher in Drew Smith, he indicated, as a result of he’s being cautious with Smith, who has made 4 appearances since coming back from a strained proper lat. Smith threw 15 pitches Wednesday. 

Tylor Megill
Tylor Megill
USA TODAY Sports activities

“There’s a purpose for everybody,” stated Showalter, who additionally possible wished to keep away from a high-leverage kind similar to Adam Ottavino whereas the group was shedding. “We’re desiring to attempt to get by means of the video games and be ready for not solely tonight however tomorrow.” 

Jacob deGrom was by means of six innings on 86 pitches and left with a blood blister and a 3-1 deficit. Showalter went with Megill, a undertaking who had proven wonderful stuff as a starter however has stumbled as a reliever. 

Megill allowed a few onerous hits to Matt Olson (a single) and Travis d’Arnaud (double) earlier than William Contreras popped out. Eddie Rosario’s lengthy sacrifice fly scored one, earlier than Orlando Arcia took a four-seamer from Megill and bounced it off the left-field wall to drive in two and provides Atlanta a 5-1 edge. 

Trevor Might entered and struck out Ronald Acuna Jr. to stop the Braves from including on. 

“Simply up [in the zone],” Showalter stated of Megill’s challenge. “Guys have been catching up with him and staying on prime of the ball. He simply wasn’t in a position to land something comfortable sufficient.” 

Megill now has allowed 4 runs in 4 innings since rejoining the membership. He had pitched an inning Wednesday, when he held the Marlins scoreless however walked two and needed to dance his means out of bother. 

The Mets’ bullpen is in flux. They’ve been seeing what former starters similar to Megill and David Peterson can provide, determining who belongs on the playoff roster. Megill didn’t add to his case Friday.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply